Prefer To Work In A Fish Bowl Or A "Jelly Box" Jell-O Mold?

Ever think about what it would be like to see the world from inside a Jell-O mold? Looking like a Jell-O mold, but calling itself the Jelly Box, this new workspace is now on display at the Truman Brewery during London 2008 Design Week. This clever design by architect David Hingamp of the London firm Archic, has just been named runner up in the 2008 Urbantine Project.

The architects competing for this year's award at the Urbantine Project were asked to create a workspace that reflects the rapidly changing nature of the 21st century. Well, we all know the fluidity of a Jello mold....

In creating the Jelly Box, Hingamp says that his inspiration was the seemingly hidden, yet observable, nature of almost everything in our lives and in our bodies. Take, for example, x-rays and scans that can show us what's going on inside any bone, muscle, or organ in our bodies. A pregnant mother can even see her unborn baby through ultra sound technology. As technology advances, everything we think is hidden or private will be exposed.

Without judgment, David Hingamp creates a workplace which seems to be private, yet it is not. The Jelly Box creates, " a false sense of interior, where you cannot hide, the space is rippled, distorted, ever-changing and alive," writes Hingamp. (Is that rippled distortion the lens through which we are personally scanned?)

What you may not realize by looking at the finished Jelly Box, is how economic is its design. The Jelly Box shell is composed of eight identical fiber glass parts, made from only one template. Together they constitute the "skin," of the work space, and the parts are held together by Velcro strips. In the above showing, the eighth module is removed to provide an entrance. Other modules may be removed as well to create passageways.



The wonderful splat of a floor is one piece of silicon carpet that connects around its edges to the fibre glass panels, also with Velcro. Here the floor is seen from an aerial view.



The whole structure of the Jelly Box takes two persons 4 hours, 10 minutes to erect and 5 hours, 20 minutes to take down and ready for transport.

The Jelly Box is an exciting modern concept for a portable workspace, especially for conventions and exhibitions. Its shell would make an interesting but non-obtrusive backdrop for a small gallery or exhibition, an efficient space for a press office or registration area, and even a neat atmosphere for a cocktail party!

via Urbantine Project, Archic, David Hingamp. All photos/designs are property of Archic and may not be reproduced without permission.